Iowa Republican on Trump claim: If windmill noise caused cancer I'd have 'church bell cancer'

Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstIowa Democrat tops Ernst in early fundraising report EPA's Wheeler grilled by Democrats over environmental rollbacks amid COVID-19 The Hill's Coronavirus Report: CDC Director Redfield responds to Navarro criticism; Mnuchin and Powell brief Senate panel MORE (R-Iowa) responded to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump retweets personal attacks on Clinton, Pelosi, Abrams Biden swipes at Trump: 'Presidency is about a lot more than tweeting from your golf cart' GOP sues California over Newsom's vote-by-mail order MORE's claim that noise from windmills can cause cancer by saying that if it were true, "I'd have church bell cancer."

"I have church bells that ring across from my office here in D.C.  I know that noise doesn't give me cancer, otherwise I'm sure I'd have church bell cancer," she said, according to a Des Moines NBC affiliate

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"I would say it's ridiculous," she said of the president's comment. She added that the state is lucky to have its wind industry. 

Her fellow Iowa senator, Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGOP faces internal conflicts on fifth coronavirus bill State Department scrutiny threatens Pompeo's political ambitions Senators offer bill to prevent relief payments from being seized by private debt collectors MORE (R), a day prior called the comment "idiotic." 

Trump on Tuesday denounced the alternative fuel source during a National Republican Congressional Committee fundraising dinner. He claimed that noise from wind turbines causes cancer, but did not offer information to support his statement.

“If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75 percent in value. And they say the noise causes cancer,” he said. 

Trump's remarks have been met with criticism by lawmakers across the ideological spectrum.